Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia's Smith blocks out jeers, warns of more runs to come

Australia's Smith blocks out jeers, warns of more runs to come

England's preparations for the World Cup beginning May 30 has begun in awful fashion with a plethora of injuries, the latest forcing one of the fielding coaches Paul Collingwood to take the field.England's warm-up game against Australia began with fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood suffering injury scares.

Smith, who had scored 88 not out, 91 not out and 76 in his three previous visits to the crease against New Zealand and the West Indies, looked in great touch at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.

We are just a few days away from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and the various participating teams have already started preparing for the event.

All the ticks and tricks of Smith in his pomp remain, and a carved six over point and a paddle over the keeper's head for another maximum were the highlights of his 116 off 102 balls.

But allrounder Glenn Maxwell and fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc missed out for rest. "Glad to get a few runs under my belt".

Meanwhile, England will have to learn that the road to success is never a straight line.

Batting first, Australia is now at 156 for three in 30 overs with David Warner getting among the runs.

Mark Wood faced a nervous night pondering his World Cup fate after injury forced him out of England's warm-up defeat against Australia.

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Liam Dawson also cut a finger in the field and didn't bat, skipper Eoin Morgan was also missing.

Collingwood, England's fielding coach, was then seen running around on the ground wearing Wood's World Cup jersey, giving ample display of his fitness.

"I try to blank it [chants of "cheat"] out".

"I think if you can actually care about your team-mates and staff members, I think it's very important".

England's reply saw James Vince, on his Hampshire home ground, make 64 and stand-in captain Jos Buttler a blistering 52.

Five-times champions Australia face Sri Lanka in their final warm-up match in Southampton on Monday before their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on 1 June. "Whether we broke the laws depends on how you interpret them".

Australia - Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Although the victory against a red-hot England side, who were without Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, Smith insists the team are not getting ahead of themselves.

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